Ret. Army Col. John K. Lee Jr., 72, an artillery officer in World War II and a former field representative of the National Rifle Association, died of cancer Saturday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He lived in Hyattsville.

Born in Camden, S.C., Col. Lee earned a bachelor's degree from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, and a master's degree from the University of South Carolina. He was a teacher, high school principal and school superintendent before receiving his Army commission in 1942.

In World War II, he commanded an artillery battalion in England and Germany. Later, he served as a senior Army advisor to the Wyoming National Guard and as a member of the Joint Tactical Air Support Board at Fort Bragg, N. C. His last assignment before retiring in 1964, was as military director of civilian markmanship for the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice here.

After retiring, Col. Lee served for eight years as a field representative for the NRA.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine F. Lee, and a daughter, Anne L. McClanahan, both of Hyattsville; three sisters, Thelma McNinch of Blythewood, S.C., Vivian Graves of Columbia, S.C., and Sallie McLaughlin of Lugoff, S.C.; a brother, Ralph K., of Alexandria, La., three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren